Ex-soldier charged with killing wife goes on trial

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Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trial has begun for a former Fort Campbell soldier accused of killing his wife.

The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1g6w0wu) reports testimony began Monday in the trial of Nicholas Durant, who is charged with murder in the 2012 shooting death of Spc. Shardae Wright. The 23-year-old was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in the bathtub of a Clarksville apartment.

The newspaper reports Durant and Wright had been married for 10 days when the shooting took place.

Prosecutor Helen Young said Durant thought about his actions before fatally shooting his wife.

She said the two had been drinking with friends, but then were left by themselves.

"The next time anyone sees Shardae Wright, she's banging on the door of her roommate and the defendant is following her with a gun," Young said. "She and her roommate go into the bathroom and Mr. Durant kicks the door open. She hears Shardae Wright say, 'Please don't, I have a kid.' Her roommate runs past him and hears gun shots."

Young said he emptied the gun's magazine clip.

"The proof will show he shot until he couldn't shoot no more," Young said. "He had time to think about this. ... The bottom line is Shardae Wright is dead and she can't tell you what (happened)."

Defense attorney Crystal Myers said Durant admits shooting Wright, but said he's not guilty of murder.

She said the couple had argued for months and Wright usually escalated the situation.

"Everyone will tell you he was calm and tried to calm the situation. He tried to leave," Myers said. ". He'd say this isn't healthy — we fight and fight and fight. ... He'd go back to try and work on it. ... It just got worse."

She said the shooting happened after another argument between the two.

"He absolutely just lost it," Myers said. "He had been drinking heavily and they had been fighting and arguing for seven months. He doesn't remember what happened. He's in complete shock and disbelief. . He loved her and there's nothing he'd rather do than to have walked away or made another choice."

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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